June 25, 2008—Our granite is installed

When I arrived at the site, the crew from the granite fabricators had already arrived and started installing the granite in the kitchen and dining room.

Here are some of the counter top pieces still sitting on the truck.

I took a bunch of pix of the installation process. I always get a kick out of watching men do one of the [2] things they do best—which is totin’ and haulin’.

Here is the crew carrying in the largest top of the island piece, which took four strong men to heft.

The blobs on the sub-top are mastic.

Here are the guys holding the stone, waiting for Danny, the head installer, to finish setting up the mastic.
Then, they set a couple of scraps of 2 x 4 between the blobs of mastic to balance the stone on while they set cups on it in the right positions.
Using the cups and some brute strength, they swung the heavy piece of stone in place, and set it carefully down without crashing it into the back of the hutch.
One of the crew then wiped off the excess mastic around the sink.

Here they come with the second piece of the island. It is a smaller—but still quite large.

I couldn’t find a sheet of granite large enough to cover the whole island, so we had to have a seam. With the very lively pattern in this granite, it was difficult to match for a seam.

I had gotten 3 consecutive sheets of stone and one of them was a book-match of the other two—meaning it was polished on the opposite side than the other two so the pattern runs in a mirror image.

A book-matched seam results in a perfect match, but also causes a chevron pattern if there are obvious lines in the stone. I really did not want a chevron pattern because it would emphasize the join, which wasn’t appropriate for this counter, so we just did the best we could with the match.
Here they are putting cups on the stone to place it. At this point, they were resting the stone on the molding at the edge of the counter which Kit and Vinny, the cabinet makers, had so laboriously attached. Amazingly, it seemed to survive this process without cracking—although I haven’t checked every inch of it.
Here is the crew hefting on the last large piece to make the seam.
The crew admires the main part of the island, now complete.
Here is a picture from the other end, showing one of my favorite parts of the stone, the orange blocks.

The lower section of the island was installed and the island was complete.

The piece for the section with the prep sink had to go back to the shop for another cut. I wanted the edges of the compost chute hole polished, so they took it back to cut the hole and finish it there. They will return next week and complete the installation, which includes drilling the holes for the faucets.

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